Burchiello Cruise among the Villas of the Brenta Riviera

Duration: approx. 0 min Location: VENICE

Boat Tour

Why choose this tour?

  1. To go back in time, at the time when the Venetian nobles used the burchiello to reach their residences along the Brenta River

  2. Because you can visit three beautiful Venetian villas with a fascinating guided tour

  3. enjoy the beautiful scenery that the Riviera del Brenta offers, while you relax on board the burchiello



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This fascinating Burchiello Brenta Canal Cruise takes you back in time to when the highest Venetian society took the Burchiello boat from Venice to reach the Veneto Villas along the Brenta Riviera.


During this unique Burchiello River Cruisethere are some stops to visit the most famous villas in Venetian Riviera - Villa Pisani, Villa Foscari and Villa Widmann.


The Burchiello excursion boat was used in the past by the wealthy classes to navigate their way to their majestic Venetian. Il burchiello boat fell into disuse at the end of the Venetian Republic, but the Brenta River Tours brought it back to life in the second half of the twentieth century to promote the Veneto villas along the Brenta Canal in Italy. The Brenta River Villa Tours will recapture the splendour that characterized the Burchiello: a comfortable boat with a large observation deck, bar, air conditioning and inside there are comfortable sofas.


The Burchiello cruise is available from Tuesday to Sunday, departing from Venice or Padova depending on the day: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday Burchiello da Padova to Venice, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Burchiello from Venice to Padova. While cruising on Burchiello Riviera del Brenta the stops and visits to the Brenta Canal villas remain the same in both directions. The trip back to the starting point is not included as the boats cover only one navigation stretch each day.


The modern cruise on the Burchiello boat tour offers a relaxing, fascinating and informative Brenta River cruise, Italy further enriched by explanations from the guides who will accompany you during the entire trip to the villas.


Departure and arrival for the Brenta canal tour from Padua is at Portello - the ancient river port where the Burchiello once docked – whilst the point of embarkation / disembarkation for the il Burchiello Brenta Canal in Venice is at the Pietà Wharf in Riva degli Schiavoni, in the beautiful scenery of St Mark’s Basin. From Venice, groups can also dock at the Maritime Station.


The picturesque Burchiello Brenta river cruise includes stops in Padua, Stra, Dolo, Mira, Oriago, Malcontenta, Fusina and Venice – and vice versa from Venice. In addition to Padua and Venice, on request it is possible to embark/disembark in Malcontenta and Stra or choose the half-day tour with departure/arrival at Oriago.


The Brenta canal on the Burchiello winds through picturesque coastal villages, under swing bridges and where you can admire the beautiful landscapes and the locations of the splendid Veneto Villas along the Brenta Riviera. The Burchiello Brenta boat tour will allow you the unique opportunity to admire over 30 grand mansions of yesteryear. The Riviera del Brenta tour of the Veneto Villas is unmatched in terms of charm, ambience and detail.


Sitting on board the Burchiello, cruising along the Brenta Riviera, you can see wonderful examples of architecture that demonstrates the opulence and splendour of a forgotten past. Our charming tour of the Veneto Villas includes admission, guided tours at Villa Pisani Nazionale in Stra, Villa Widmann in Mira and Villa Foscari 'La Malcontenta'.


A Burchiello cruise to discover Veneto villas along the Brenta Canal, Italy includes a stop for lunch, where you can book a special menu in the exclusive restaurant ‘Il Burchiello’ di Oriago, Venice.


Brenta Riviera and villas in Venetian Riviera: in the heart of Veneto, a small corner of paradise yet to be discovered! A fabulous Burchiello canal boat tour to revive the magic of an ancient tradition with a modern cruise along the Brenta Riviera!


PLEASE NOTE: in March and after October 20th, on the routes 'Venice > Padua' and 'Oriago > Padua', the boat will not stop for the visit of Villa Widmann or Villa Barchessa Valmarana in Mira.

Schedule details

Availability: from 14 March to 1 November 2015

Departure point: Padua (Pontile del Portello); Venice (Riva degli Schiavoni - Pontile della Pietà, for groups on request boarding at the Maritime Station); Oriago (restaurant ‘Il Burchiello’).

Departure time Languages available

Venice: 8.50 am (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)

Padua: 8.00 am (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

Oriago: 2.15 pm (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday); 1.15 pm (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)



Full day
Full price: €99.00
Children 6-17 years: €55.00
Children up to 5 years: free

Half day Padua-Oriago & Oriago-Padua
Full price: €65.00
Children 6-17 years: €55.00
Children up to 5 years: free

Half day Venice-Oriago & Oriago-Venice
Full price: €55.00
Children 6-17 years: €45.00
Children up to 5 years: free

Full lunch (fish/meat/vegetarian): €29.00

Light luch (fish): €22.00

Inclusions Exclusions
  • Burchiello cruise
  • Guide on board and during visits to the villas
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
  • journey back to the starting point
Additional information
No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a NO SHOW (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher). Optional full luch €29.00 on request. You can choose among three different menus: fish menu (a welcome appetizer; little dumplings with little shrimps and courgettes; roasted gilthead bream’s fillet, two shrimps and two small scallops; a side-dish of seasonal vegetables; dessert; 1/4 liter wine and 1/2 liter mineral water); meat menu (a welcome starter with 2 slices of toasted bread with Russian salad, rice salad and 2 slices of salami; pasta with seasonal vegetables; roast with baked potatoes; a side-dish of seasonal vegetables; dessert; 1/4 liter wine and 1/2 liter mineral water); vegetarian menu (a welcome appetizer with a mix of battered vegetables; pasta with seasonal vegetables; veggie burger and grilled vegetables; a side-dish of seasonal vegetables; dessert; 1/4 liter wine and 1/2 liter mineral water). Optional light luch €22.00 on request. Only fish menu that includes: a welcome appetizer, a plate of mix fried Adriatic fish with polenta, a side-dish of seasonal vegetables, dessert, 1/4 liter wine and 1/2 liter mineral water. The Organiser reserves the right to modify or cancel the trip in case of unforeseen circumstances or when the minimum number of passengers (35 people) is not reached. The non-departure of the boats due to technical reasons or due to unforeseen circumstances entitles travelers to a full repayment only of the money paid. The organizer cannot be held responsible for the unexpected closure of the Villas as well as for delays or interruptions caused by problems in the opening / closing of locks or bridges. In the case of closure of a villa another villa can be visited. In case of a sudden interruption of navigation of the Stra-Venezia route the booked service may be completed by bus.

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